Nickelodeon

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Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon logo new.svg
LaunchedDecember 1, 1977 (1977-12-01) (as Pinwheel)
April 1, 1979 (1979-04-01) (as Nickelodeon)
Owned byWarner Cable Corp. (1979)
Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment (1979–1985)
Viacom International (Viacom Productions/Viacom Inc./Viacom International Inc./Viacom Productions Inc.) (1985-2005)
Viacom Media Networks (MTV Networks) (1985–present)
Viacom (2006–present)
Picture format480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
SloganFunny Rules
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish (Spanish with SAP)
Broadcast areaNationwide
HeadquartersNew York City, New York
Formerly calledPinwheel (1977–1979)
Sister channel(s)Nick Jr.
Nicktoons
TeenNick
Nick at Nite
MTV
VH1
TV Land
Nick 2
Websitewww.nick.com
Availability
(channel space shared with Nick at Nite)
Satellite
DirecTV299 (East, HD/SD)
300 (West, SD)
1300 (VOD)
Dish Network170 (East, HD/SD)
171 (West, SD)
C bandAMC 11 - Channel 64 (4DTV Digital)
AMC 18 - Channel 28 (H2H 4DTV)
Cable
Available on many other cable systemsCheck local listings for channels
IPTV
AT&T U-verse314 (East, SD)
316 (West, SD)
1314 (East, HD)
Google FiberCheck local listings for channels
 
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This article is about the American cable channel. For Nickelodeon channels in other countries, see Nickelodeon around the world. For other uses, see Nickelodeon (disambiguation).
Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon logo new.svg
LaunchedDecember 1, 1977 (1977-12-01) (as Pinwheel)
April 1, 1979 (1979-04-01) (as Nickelodeon)
Owned byWarner Cable Corp. (1979)
Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment (1979–1985)
Viacom International (Viacom Productions/Viacom Inc./Viacom International Inc./Viacom Productions Inc.) (1985-2005)
Viacom Media Networks (MTV Networks) (1985–present)
Viacom (2006–present)
Picture format480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
SloganFunny Rules
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish (Spanish with SAP)
Broadcast areaNationwide
HeadquartersNew York City, New York
Formerly calledPinwheel (1977–1979)
Sister channel(s)Nick Jr.
Nicktoons
TeenNick
Nick at Nite
MTV
VH1
TV Land
Nick 2
Websitewww.nick.com
Availability
(channel space shared with Nick at Nite)
Satellite
DirecTV299 (East, HD/SD)
300 (West, SD)
1300 (VOD)
Dish Network170 (East, HD/SD)
171 (West, SD)
C bandAMC 11 - Channel 64 (4DTV Digital)
AMC 18 - Channel 28 (H2H 4DTV)
Cable
Available on many other cable systemsCheck local listings for channels
IPTV
AT&T U-verse314 (East, SD)
316 (West, SD)
1314 (East, HD)
Google FiberCheck local listings for channels

Nickelodeon (often shortened to Nick, and originally called Pinwheel) is an American basic cable and satellite television network that is partly owned by the MTV Networks Kids & Family Group, a unit of the Viacom Media Networks division of Viacom. Nickelodeon was launched on cable television April 1, 1979, with its predecessor Pinwheel, a TV show which aired on QUBE in late 1977.

As of August 2013, Nickelodeon is available to approximately 98,799,000 pay television households (86.51% of households with television) in the United States.[1]

History[edit]

Programming[edit]

Nickelodeon's schedule currently consists largely of original series aimed at pre-teens and young teenagers, including animated series.

Nicktoons[edit]

Main article: Nicktoons

Nicktoons is Nickelodeon's branding for their original animated television series (a brand that has seldom been used by Nickelodeon itself since the launch of the Nicktoons digital cable and satellite channel in 2002).

Movies[edit]

Nickelodeon does not air movies on a regular basis. It does occasionally air theatrical movies in prime time and also produces its own original made-for-cable television movies, which usually premiere in weekend evening timeslots.

Programming blocks[edit]

Current[edit]

Former[edit]

Seasonal programming blocks and events[edit]

Related networks and services[edit]

Nick at Nite[edit]

Main article: Nick at Nite

Nick at Nite (stylized as "nick@nite") is Nickelodeon's nighttime programming service, which debuted on July 1, 1985, and broadcasts Sunday through Wednesdays from 8:00 pm–7:00 am, Thursdays and Fridays from 9:00 pm–7:00 am and Saturdays from 10:00 pm–7:00 am ET/PT.

Current sister channels[edit]

Nicktoons[edit]

This channel debuted on May 1, 2002, and was known as Nicktoons TV from its launch until May 2003 and as Nicktoons Network from 2005 until September 2009.

Nick Jr.[edit]

Main article: Nick Jr.

Originally launching on February 2, 1999, and based on the former Noggin – which starting in 2002, shared channel space with the teen-oriented The N (now TeenNick, and operating as a separate channel from Nick Jr. since December 31, 2007), the network was rebranded Nick Jr. on September 28, 2009.

TeenNick[edit]

Main article: TeenNick

This television channel in the United States is aimed at teenagers and young adults. The channel is named after the former TEENick weekend evening program block on Nickelodeon, that ran from July 2000 to February 2009.

TV Land[edit]

Main article: TV Land

A cable channel that was based on the Nick at Nite block (and is usually carried on the basic tiers of cable and satellite providers), TV Land debuted on April 29, 1996, and originally aired classic television programming from the early 1950s to the 1970s.

Former sister channels[edit]

Nickelodeon Games and Sports for Kids[edit]

Nickelodeon Games and Sports for Kids (commonly referred to in on-air usage as Nickelodeon GAS or Nick GAS), was an American digital cable and satellite television channel that was launched on March 1, 1999, as part of MTV Networks' suite of digital cable channels. Nick GAS was essentially a children's version of (and Viacom's answer to) the Game Show Network (now branded as GSN), which had launched in December 1994. The channel ceased operations on December 31, 2007, on digital cable providers, with an automated loop remaining on Dish Network due to unknown factors until April 23, 2009.

Other services[edit]

Nick HD Logo.svg

Media[edit]

Nick.com[edit]

Main article: Nick.com

Nick.com is Nickelodeon's main online portal; the website launched in October 1995.[3] It provides content, as well as video clips and full streaming episodes from Nickelodeon's series. Initially the website was accessible only through America Online, but was later available to all internet service providers.

Nickelodeon Movies[edit]

Main article: Nickelodeon Movies

Nickelodeon Movies is the channel's motion picture production arm founded in 1995, its films are released by Nickelodeon sister company Paramount Pictures.

Nickelodeon Magazine[edit]

Main article: Nickelodeon Magazine

Nickelodeon Magazine was a magazine launched by Nickelodeon in 1993, following a short-lived effort from 1990. It contained informative non-fiction pieces, humor, interviews, pranks, recipes (such as green slime cake), and a comic book section in the center featuring original comics by leading underground cartoonists as well as strips about popular Nicktoons. The magazine ceased publication in December 2009.

Nick Radio[edit]

Nick Radio is a radio network that was created by Nickelodeon (via parent company Viacom) through a partnership with Clear Channel Communications and was launched on September 30, 2013. From 1pm-7pm, Mo Bounce hosts, while from 7pm-1am hour Maxwell hosts.

Mobile Apps[edit]

Nickelodeon released a free mobile app in February, 2013.[4]

Experiences[edit]

Nickelodeon Universe[edit]

Main article: Nickelodeon Universe

Nickelodeon Universe at the Mall of America is the largest in-door theme park in America. On August 18, 2009, Nickelodeon and Southern Star Amusement announced that a second Nickelodeon Universe would be located in New Orleans, Louisiana and have a tentative opening date by the end of 2010.[5] However, these plans eventually fell through.

Nickelodeon Animation Studio[edit]

Nickelodeon Animation Studio (formerly Games Animation) is the home of Nicktoons located in Burbank, California; it houses production of many current Nicktoons.

Nickelodeon On Sunset[edit]

Main article: Nickelodeon On Sunset

Nickelodeon On Sunset, located in Hollywood, California, that serves the primary studio facility for Nickelodeon's series; the studio, formerly known as the Earl Carroll Theater and designated by the U.S. National Registry for Historic Places as a historical landmark.

Hotel brands[edit]

Cruises[edit]

Theme park areas[edit]

Almost all theme park areas themed to Nickelodeon are now closed:

Nickelodeon Studios as viewed from the Hard Rock Cafe in March 2004 before they moved.

International[edit]

An attempt at the Guinness record for the world's largest picnic, sponsored by Nickelodeon in Petah Tikva, Israel.

In 1995, Nickelodeon only had international channels in the United Kingdom, Australia and Germany in addition to the flagship American channel, but had created blocks or put their shows on other blocks in 70 countries. Since the mid-1990s and early 2000s, Nickelodeon as a brand has expanded into include language- or culture-specific Nickelodeon channels for various other territories in different parts of the world including Europe, the Middle East, Russia, Asia, and recently Canada, and has licensed some of its cartoons and other content, in English and local languages, to TV and cable stations such as KI.KA and Super RTL in Germany, RTÉ Two (English speaking) and TG4 (Irish speaking) in Ireland, YTV (in English) and Vrak.TV (in French) in Canada, Canal J in France, Alpha Kids in Greece and CNBC-e in Turkey.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Seidman, Robert (August 23, 2013). "List of How Many Homes Each Cable Networks Is In - Cable Network Coverage Estimates As Of August 2013". TV by the Numbers. Zap2it. Retrieved September 6, 2013. 
  2. ^ Nick TV Schedule Nickelodeon/MTV Networks/Viacom International.
  3. ^ "Nick History". Nickelodeon. Archived from the original on January 27, 2005. Retrieved 2011-10-03. 
  4. ^ http://www.engadget.com/2013/02/22/nickelodeon-nick-app/
  5. ^ White, Jaquetta (2009-08-18). "Nickelodeon signs on to help turn around Six Flags amusement park, Nagin says". The Times-Picayune. Retrieved 2011-10-03. 
  6. ^ "SpongeBob splashing into family vacations". money.cnn.com (CNN). 2007-05-31. Retrieved 2011-10-02. 
  7. ^ De Lollis, Barbara (May 25, 2010). "Marriott hotels to woo families this summer with help from Nickelodeon, SpongeBob and Dora". travel.usatoday.com (USA Today). Retrieved 2011-10-03. 
  8. ^ Sloan, Gene. "Most Popular". USA Today. Retrieved May 20, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Family Cruises with Nickelodeon". Norwegian Cruise Line. Retrieved 2011-11-25. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Hendershot, Heather (2004). Nickelodeon Nation: The History, Politics, and Economics of America's Only TV Channel for Kids. New York: New York University Press. ISBN 0814736521. 
  • Klickstein, Mathew (2013). SLIMED! An Oral History of Nickelodeon's Golden Age. New York: Plume. ISBN 0142196851. 

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